Wouldn’t you like to know…

Wouldn’t you like to know……this is a list of interesting tid-bits from living in Spanish culture. The list may include, but is not limited to: current events, food, people, expressions, daily living, language blunders, etc.

  • …there is a very dangerous volcano moving closer to the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands. It is known to be a smaller island with a more relaxed atmosphere, but there are still about 12,000 people that live there.
  • In Spain, the education system teaches that there are 5 continents (Oceania, Asia, Europa, América, Africa) instead of 7 (Oceania, Australia, N. América, S. América, Asia, Africa, Antártida).
  • The Basque terrorist group ETA recently announced that they are making a ceasefire. “A new political time is emerging in the Basque country. We have an historical opportunity to find a just and democratic solution for the centuries old political conflict. Dialogue and agreement should outline the new cycle, over violence and repression.” To read a full article from The Guardian, click here.
  • It is “roasting chestnut” season here in España, when walking outside in the cool crisp air, one smells the delightful aroma of chestnuts toasting on an open fire. However, we toast them over the stove and then eat them warm and delicious!
  • I feel that while I am not an accomplished cook, I know a thing or two. But never have I (Krista) attempted a Spanish paella, until today.

    Paella de Marisco
  • Yesterday in the grocery store (which is always a cultural adventure for me) I saw something new. For about 4,50€ you can buy ready-to make, I mean, ready-to-eat, crêpes. Go figure! I thought, but how can they stay fresh and not spoil? I quickly reasoned that they must have a very short shelf-life and must be sold/eaten quickly. Wrong! Yesterday was November 4th, and the expiration date was November 29th! Edu came over and asked me what I was looking at, and I said, “Look, these are crêpes and it says they don’t expire until the 29th. How can they stay fresh that long? They must contain a lot of preservativos…” In my thinking, (English) preservatives = (Castellano) preservativos, no? NO! I’ll leave it to you to go look up the meaning of “preservativos” in a Spanish dictionary.

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